A bad omen was finally rid of in the comics medium
March 26, 2020
by Avi Green
Early this year, a terrible editor/publisher at DC Comics who'd been
in his role way too long, Dan DiDio, was
finally dismissed from his position by the Time Warner staff.
You don't know how relieving this is, to learn that the man who
engineered some of DC's worst “events” and company wide crossovers,
who shunned morale for the sake of publicity stunts, has had his
undeserved career put to an end. I know it doesn't guarantee their
output will improve, if at all. But after all the damage DiDio
caused, starting mainly with Identity Crisis, and its misogyny-laced
proceedings, that's why his departure is good news, and he won't be
missed. A man that morally bankrupt should not be welcome in the
entertainment industry ever again.
But admittedly, does this mean DC will see improvement? After over
15 years, I sadly must conclude the answers is otherwise no. Jim
Lee, who remains the only publisher in charge now, was associated
with some of these past steps like darkening the DCU solely for the
sake of darkness, repetitive company wide crossovers, and he's been
chummy with people like Brad Meltzer, which sullies his image badly.
How can you expect to mend the damage if the head of the operations
has accepting views of such reprehensible people?
And that's why, at least for now, I think the best option would be
for DC, much like Marvel, to end publication, at least until they
can be sold to better sources with more responsibility. They've
considerably damaged their business, and one of the worst ways they
did it was tolerating the continued employment of now-ousted editor
Eddie Berganza, who was accused of sexual abuse and harrassment at
the workplace. With that kind of offensive behavior going on, should
we be shocked they'd see nothing wrong with minimizing the subject
of rape in Identity Crisis? They later tried to relaunch the now
defunct Vertigo line as a means of conceiving politically laced
books, including one by a now disgraced writer named Eric Esquivel,
who was accused shortly after its debut of committing sexual abuse
as well. They even hired a reprehensible person named Zoe Quinn,
who'd first worked in video games, to script another shoddy item
called Goddess Mode, and all these grave errors soon brought down
the whole imprint entirely.
There's plenty more horrible missteps made during DiDio's overlong
stay as their EIC and later publisher, such as mishandling reprints
that wound up cancelled, mistreatment of right-leaning writers like
Chuck Dixon, and, lest we forget, promoting the awful Geoff Johns to
higher positions he didn't deserve any more than DiDio. I know Johns
actually began working for them 3-4 years before DiDio fully came
aboard, but it's clear his portfolio suited DiDio's vision, and
that's why, under DiDio's regime, Johns and others with a similar
crude approach were such a bad influence. Another poor influence was
Greg Rucka, who's since gone on to embrace social justice tactics,
and anti-sex censorship, recalling he led to a Wonder Woman cover by
Frank Cho beingmodified so Diana's rear end wouldn't be in view.
This despite how William Marston and H.G. Peter developed WW to
begin with as a sex symbol, which means Rucka insulted the original
creators by extension. As a result, I'm wondering why Rucka wanted
any association with WW in the first place, if he doesn't respect
Marston and Peter's visions.
The DiDio years also saw a precursor to Marvel's lurch to left-wing
social justice, with the Atom, Firestorm and Blue Beetle getting
race-swapped in the wake of Identity Crisis with characters of
Asian, Black and Latino background. Even the Question was replaced
by a woman, namely, Renee Montoya, the character who first began as
a cast member of the early 90s Batman cartoon, much like Harley
Quinn, and by the turn of the century was being worked into the DCU
proper. But whereas she initially was depicted as heterosexual,
Rucka turned her into a lesbian overnight in his laughable Gotham
Central series. And soon enough, he engineered her transformation
into a gender-swapped Question for a time, while Vic Sage, at the
time, died of cancer. Admittedly, it's amazing Vic got such an
otherwise respectable exit from the mortal plane, compared to the
other shock value character deaths at the time, but it was still
Most of these social justice tactics were eventually abandoned, but
the damage they did in the long run was considerable. I mean, just
look at where Marvel went with both race and gender-swapped takes on
Thor, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Hulk and goodness know what else.
Even now, not all these PC takes on established characters have been
reversed, and Marvel's still doing tons of the same tactics DC
started in the mid-2000s. It's lasted well after Axel Alonso was
dismissed and C.B. Cebulski took over the role of EIC. There may
have been a few positives he presented, but the negatives far
And yes, if you know where to look, DC is still practicing
ultra-leftism today, even after DiDio's sacking by Time Warner. If
that's how they're going to operate, it's best if they were to
close, just like Marvel will have to so long as this keeps up.
I'm sure both companies' creations may someday be bought by a more
reliable business. But until then, if a closure is what it comes to,
then that's the best way to go.
Copyright 2020 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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